At the end of this month, Kim Jae-won (of the “killer smile”) begins work on his comeback effort headlining a Chinese drama, and offered up a bright Chuseok greeting to his fans before his departure: “Did you eat a lot of songpyun [rice cake]? I am taking on a new start in China. Please have a wonderful Chuseok holiday and remember the warm-hearted Kim Jae-won always.”
He’s leaving in the middle of this week for China, having the unique experience of starring as a Korean actor in a collaboration with a Chinese production company (a subsidiary of JS Pictures) with the Chinese trendy drama First Love (working title).
Before leaving the country, he explained in an interview with Asia Economy newspaper:
“A Korean writer is writing the script, and the PD of [SBS drama] I Love You, Lee Chang-han, is directing. In addition, from filming to lighting and art direction, the crew is Korean. … Because I will be speaking Chinese, I need a lot of preparation. I’ve heard a lot of talk about how a wind of dislike is turning toward us from the Chinese these days, which means I’ll have to work even harder. I’ll have to do my best to speak my words with sincerity, to let those who dislike us come to like us again. …Doing this drama means I won’t be able to go back to Korea for some time, but I’ll make sure to keep in touch regularly with the Korean media and not lose contact.”
(Note: I don’t know much about the popular sentiments of the Chinese toward Korea — or Korean perceptions of such — that Kim Jae-won refers to here. But let’s not let this degenerate into a Korea-China argument.)
This is Kim Jae-won’s return project after 2006’s drama Hwang Jini. He rose to popularity in 2001 in MBC’s Our House, then starred opposite Kim Haneul in Romance.
Via Asia Economy